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World Mythology is a compilation of over 50 great myths and epics. Your students will gain an appreciation and understanding of ancient and modern cultures through myths and epics from the Middle East, Greece and Rome, the Far East and Pacific islands, the British Isles, Northern Europe, Africa, and the Americas. An introduction and historical background supplement each myth. Questions at the end of each selection prompt analysis and response.
This volume offers 59 of the world's great myths--including selections from The Iliad and the Odyssey, Beowulf, King Arthur and Quetzalcoatl. Each myth is accompanied by an introduction that offers historical background and suggests avenues for literary analysis.
World Mythology is a compilation of over 50 great myths and epics. Your students will gain an appreciation and an understanding of ancient and modern cultures through myths and epics from the Middle East, Greece and Rome, the Far East and the Pacific Islands, the British Isles, Northern Europe, Africa, and the Americas. An introduction and historical background supplement each myth. Questions at the end of each section prompt analysis and response.
A type of folklore, myth is central to all cultures. Written by a leading authority and of use to high school students, undergraduates, and general readers, this reference offers a convenient overview of the role of myth around the world. The volume defines and classifies types of myth and provides examples from different cultural traditions. It then overviews various approaches to studying myth. This is followed by a look at myth in relation to its contexts, such as religion, politics, and popular culture. The volume closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources and a glossary.
Looks at the mythology of Egypt, the Middle East, India, China, Tibet, Japan, Greece, Rome, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Australia
This examination of the heroic journey in world mythology casts the protagonist as a personification of nature—a “botanical hero” one might say—who begins the quest in a metaphorical seed-like state, then sprouts into a period of verdant strength. But the hero must face a mythic underworld where he or she contends with mortality and sacrifice—embracing death as a part of life. For centuries, humans have sought superiority over nature, yet the botanical hero finds nothing is lost by recognizing that one is merely a part of nature. Instead, a cyclical promise of continuous life is realized, in which no element fully disappears, and the hero’s message is not to dwell on death.
Examines reoccurring themes and patterns in the mythologies of many ancient and modern cultures.

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